By: Matthew Meltzer
Formula 1’s Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix is coming to Miami May 6-8, 2022, making it the world’s only destination to host the MLB, NFL, NBA, MLS, NASCAR and F1 racing. It’s the first race of its kind in Greater Miami & Miami Beach, breaking in a new course built through the parking lots adjacent to Hard Rock Stadium. But make no mistake: This is no simple drive through a concrete lot. The 19-turn track winds past a beach, a marina, palm trees, 11 different grandstands and countless fan zones. And it will feature the world’s best drivers speeding by so close you can almost see the excitement in their eyes.
Formula 1 differs from other auto racing not just in the types of cars it uses, but also in the scene it attracts. Hospitality tents, celebrities and weekend-long parties accompany the circuit, and its arrival in Miami Gardens seems only natural in America’s greatest event destination.
What is the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix?
The Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix is a three-day event running from May 6-8, 2022. Friday, May 6 will find drivers practicing on the brand new Miami International Autodrome, carved out of the tailgate lots around Hard Rock Stadium. Saturday brings more practice and qualifying. Sunday is the day of the main race and the biggest parties.
The race will be the inaugural event at the Autodrome, a 3.36-mile, 19-turn track with three speed-packed straightaways and an estimated top speed of nearly 200 miles an hour. Formula 1’s top drivers will participate, including defending champion Max Verstappen, phenom Lando Norris and fan-favorite Lewis Hamilton.
What’s the best place to sit at the Miami Grand Prix?
The event is sold out this year – but if you’re planning to attend in the future, here’s some information about seating at the Miami Grand Prix. Among the 11 grandstands placed along the track, the seats at the Start/Finish Line should be the best (and the Turn 1 Grandstand should also bring some nice views). The Turn 18 Grandstand sits right on the pits and offers views of three turns along the course’s busiest stretch.
If you want to party while watching the race, the Marina Grandstand might be the best choice. It allows unfettered access to the Marina area, full of food, cocktails and large screens showing the race. Each grandstand will also boast its own “fan zone,” where you’ll find local restaurants and plenty to drink.
For a VIP experience, check out the race’s hospitality tents. Both the Formula 1 Paddock Club and the Champions Club by F1 Experiences will have driver appearances, open bars and unlimited food. The Paddock Club is a bit more posh and has sit-down dining.
More Racing-Themed Events Surrounding the Miami Grand Prix
The big race is Sunday, but the weekend will bring plenty of other action for race fans.
Looking for some racing-themed fun? The Racing Fan Fest will take over the Wynwood Marketplace on NW 2nd Avenue from May 5-8. Expect plenty of live music, dozens of racing-related activities and activations, as well as local food and drinks. Best of all – the event is free and open to the public. Note: the Fan Fest does ask that you RSVP for free access on their website.
Experience Miami-style glitz, glamour and excitement at “Miami Speed Week” at Biscayne Park on the waterfront in Downtown Miami on Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8. See race car displays, consumer vehicle displays (including automobiles, boats and motorcycles), product launches, interactive challenges, and plenty of racing-themed merchandise. Live musical entertainment will take place both days, with a concert each night. Hungry visitors can take advantage of an international food hall, and foodies can enjoy culinary exhibitions. On Saturday, the celebration will run noon ‘til midnight; on Sunday, the fun starts at noon and goes until 11 p.m. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased at miamispeedweek.com.
The W Series, a single-seat racing circuit featuring all-women drivers, will also be racing at Hard Rock. Miami will be the first race of its season, and among other teams competing will be Caitlyn Jenner’s Jenner Racing, making its W Series debut.
Inside Hard Rock Stadium, you’ll also find the race’s largest Fan Zone, where racing activations provide an entertaining diversion from the main event.
Ticket sales and tips for attending the event
At this time, all tickets for the Formula 1 2022 Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix are sold out. But if the race looks enticing, you can sign up for information regarding tickets to next year’s race. You can also learn more about the Paddock Club and Champions Club if you’re looking to splurge in 2023.
If you’ve already scored tickets, and are new to Hard Rock Stadium, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Miami Gardens is about 15 miles from Downtown Miami and can take upwards of 45 minutes to an hour to reach during peak traffic times.
- Limited onsite parking will be available for those in hospitality tents. Grandstand ticket holders will be able to park in satellite lots and take a shuttle to the track.
- Rideshares are available to and from the stadium but often pick up and drop off at Norwood Elementary School, a 15- to 20-minute walk from the track.